Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Iranian madman and Israel

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is proving himself to be the most psychotic head of state since Adolph Hitler. He has threatened to "wipe out" Israel, has denied that 6-million Jews were killed in the Holocaust by the Germans and their anti-Semitic collaborators, and has demanded that the Israeli population be shipped to Europe.

The Iranian president regards the Israelis as interlopers in the Middle East. But as he apparently sees it, just in case there really was a Holocaust, it all happened in Europe.

Ahmadinejad--and other Israel-bashers--conveniently overlook the fact that roughly half of Israel's slightly more than 5-million Jews have no European connections. They or their immediate forebears fled from Arab and other Muslim countries, seeking refuge from Islamic persecution in the new Jewish state. There are at least as many of them as there were Palestinian Arab refugees when Israel gained its independence in 1948.

The ultimate irony is that, like Ahmadinejad himself,Israel's president, Moshe Katsev, and its defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, were both born in Iran.

Israel's foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, was born in Tunisia. Another Israeli cabinet member, Meir Sheetrit, was born in Morocco, as was Amir Peretz, the Labor Party's new chairman. Tzachi Hanegbi, also a cabinet member, is the son of an immigrant from Yemen. The former defense minister, Benyamin Ben-Eliezar, was born in Iraq.

It has been said that such Israelis, known as Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews, may be the most motivated soldiers in the nation's armed forces. They or their fathers and grandfathers have had the intimate experience of living as Jews in Muslim countries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think about Israel occupying land beyond its original borders?

Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At no point has Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened to wipe out Israel. He has only said it should be. I tend to agree with him.

With regards to "holocaust denial," people who are defenders of Israel and Jewish people like to say that we think it never happened. We are not saying that at all. What we are saying is that it did not happen the way history teachers have taught it, or that Jews like to pretend happened.

The biggest problem is that countries worldwide have outlawed its investigation and questioning, clearly at the behest of Israel because, well, it might raise ugly truths. In any case, three times as many people were killed in the Soviet Union as were concentration camps. Other mass exterminitions have wiped out far more than ever claimed by Israel. But yet, the "Holocaust" is the only one apparently allowed to have the label.

Lastly, it seems like everyone equates anti-semitic actions with Jewish people. Why? A Semite is defined as Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians. So because I hate Jews I am anti-Semitic? Wrong. I love the middle east, its land and its people. So there I am not anti-Semitic. Besides, Semite refers to language only, and not race.

You and the rest of the world need to wake up and get your head out of your asses. We'd all be better off without Isreal, religion, and most importantly, Jewish people.

Sunday, February 05, 2006 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Observer said...

Re the Feb.5 comment by Terence and the Holocaust.
Terence writes " did not happen the way history teachers have taught it..."

Here is a vignette, a scene from late March 1942 in Nazi-era Slovakia and the start of transports to Poland.
We were told or we thought that the Jews will be going to Poland to work. I stood outside in my hometown's railroad station and watched people climbing in or being lifted into freight cars. Among them were on improvised strechers aged, frail people from the local Jewish old people's home (Altersheim). With my 15-year old brain I could not stop wondering what type of work these old men and women will be doing.

A spectator.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 7:30:00 PM  
Blogger Observer said...

Responding to Terence who on Feb. 5, 2006 commented about the Holocaust: " did not happen the way history teachers have taught it..."
I don't know what they have taught you but here is a scene from late March 1942 in Nazi-era Slovakia at the start of the transports to Poland.
We were told or we thought that the Jews are being sent to Poland to work. I stood outside in the railroad station of my hometown. People were climbing or were being lifted into freight cars. Among them, on improvised stretchers, were frail, aged people from the local Jewish old peoples'home (Altersheim). I was then only 15 years old but it puzzled me what kind of work was planned for these oldsters.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 7:52:00 PM  

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